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A Packable Backpack That’ll Protect Your Camera Gear
Crowdfunding is fast becoming the world’s go-to platform for new releases. But do you ever find it hard to cut through the noise and pin down the ones worth your hard-earned? Well, that’s where this sponsored series comes in. We’re vetting carry Kickstarters for you, digging up the facts, and shedding light on the ones we think are worth a closer look.
This week’s selection: WANDRD and their VEER 18L Packable Bag.
Minimalist form meets maximum functionality
Packable bags aren’t a new concept. There’s plenty of them out there, sitting quietly in luggage until called on for day-hauling duties. So when WANDRD stepped into the packable scene, they wanted to bring something worthy to the table. A bag that would go beyond the ability to simply pack down compactly until needed. A bag that would improve on the comfort and multifunctionality that so many packable bags lack. And their answer? The WANDRD VEER 18L backpack. A packable bag catering to photographers and travelers alike with its inflatable back panel and inflatable camera cube.
A buffer for you and your gear
In order to achieve increased packability, packable bags often sacrifice comfort. But the VEER finds a clever solution with its removable, inflatable back panel which provides structure and protection from rigid items in the pack while keeping weight down. Coupled with air mesh shoulder straps and a removable sternum strap, you get the benefits of enhanced comfort while still enjoying packability convenience.
But what if you want to keep a camera safe on the go too? The inflatable camera cube comes to the rescue, providing protection when you need it but removable when you don’t. The cube fits most standard DSLR and mirrorless cameras with up to a 24-70mm lens.
On-body access wherever you are
Wherever your travels take you, you don’t need to worry about wasting time rummaging for gear or having to empty bag contents onto the street to reach that pesky elusive item at the bottom of the pack. In addition to top access, the VEER backpack features a side zip that provides easy access throughout the main compartment. So you can reach your camera, an outer layer or other items by swinging the pack round while still keeping it on your shoulder.
And those smaller items you want easy access to? The VEER has you covered with an expandable water bottle holder that holds up to a 32oz bottle, front and top organizational pockets, external gear loops, plus a key clip that also allows you to clip the pack to another bag.
Built for a lifetime of adventure
A travel bag is no good if it can’t handle a little challenge from the elements. But the VEER is prepped and ready with its weather-resistant build. The main body fabric is water-resistant 100D Robic Dynatec, with YKK weather-resistant zippers for added protection. The pack also comes with a lifetime guarantee so you can travel far and wide without fretting about your bag. And of course it packs down into its own pocket when not needed, creating a compact and easily portable form approximately 8″ x 6″ x 3″ in size.
Veer from hikes to grocery runs to day trips
The WANDRD VEER 18L backpack finds a well considered balance of comfort, functionality and minimalist packability. It’s a great travel companion whether you need to protect fragile camera gear or not and lends itself to a range of short excursions and day trips. Doing a day hike? Need to pick up some groceries? Heading to the beach? Set on exploring city streets? This pack embraces it all, while providing a discreet design that blends into a variety of locations. If you want to snap up this highly versatile pack for your own adventures, head over to the WANDRD VEER Kickstarter campaign which runs until 5 April 2019.
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